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25th June 2019


We urge you to take action this Friday to stop the attacks on teachers.
THIS FRIDAY MARCH 4th from 4:30-6:00 pm!!

At Senator J.D. Alexander’s Office Address is 201 Central Avenue West, Lake Wales, FL 33853 (City Hall Complex).

Let’s send Senator J.D. Alexander to Tallahassee with a strong message to help stop the attacks on teachers and support staff! It’s imperative that all teachers and support staff take a stand to insist that these attacks end. We need your help on Friday to send this message loud and clear!  

At stake is preventing:
• A loss of $3 billion for our schools in the Governor’s Budget
• A 5% contribution by employees to the Florida Retirement System
• A salary structure based on high stakes testing
• Loss of due process rights
• Increasing the number of and reliance upon high stakes tests

Senator Alexander will be voting on SB736 on Wednesday, March 9
which directly impacts the current salary structure and due process rights.
Senator Alexander is in a key position to help as Chairman of the full
Senate Budget Committee.  

Stop The Attacks on Public Schools Rally!!
March 4
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Senator J.D. Alexander’s Office
201 Central Avenue West
Lake Wales, FL 33853

(City Hall Complex)

What: Awake the State Rally

When: March 8, 2011, at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Munn Park, 100 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland

Who: Polk County Democrats, Polk PEA, The Sierra Club,
Homeless Coalition of Polk, Educators of Polk County,
City Commissioners, NALC, Utility Workers,
other Labor Leaders, Emergency Services.

Why: To rally against Gov. Scott’s and the Florida
legislature’s irresponsible and dangerous budget
which guts education, healthcare, public safety, and support for the poor.

All across Florida on March 8th, rallies will be held in protest of the reckless and irresponsible gutting of public services and personal freedoms being put forward by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida legislature.

The most unpopular governor in U.S. history, he is ranked with only 28% of the state now supporting him, after three months after taking office, Gov. Scott is proposing the disemboweling of nearly every government service in the state—save his own, which he is doubling to the tune of $600 million:

  • Thousands of teachers’ jobs—gone. Education severely cut.

  • Federal funds for a high-speed rail project that would create tens of thousands of new jobs—rejected.

  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures for the poor and elderly—gone.

  • Medicaid—cut severely, with federal matching funds opted out of and privatized to the hilt.

  • Veterans’ Affairs funding slashed in half.

  • Collective Bargaining rights for state employees in jeopardy.

  • Firefighter, police, and justice system budgets drastically cut.

  • The Office of the Homeless, which creates programs and shelters for the state’s ever-growing homeless population—wiped out.

  • Funding for HIV prevention and drug assistance – gone

  • Pensions for our policemen, firefighters and state employees cut deeply.

On March 8, when the legislature convenes for the first time this year, Florida will awaken. Policemen, teachers, firefighters, builders, carpenters, truckers, retired persons and seniors, the poor and the disabled, students, the unemployed, and individuals from all walks of life across our great state will all come together to say in one clear voice that we are no longer willing to suffer quietly as our fates are decided for us by the corrupt machine in Tallahassee.

Polk County citizens too, will be heard on March 8th. Lakeland will be host to a rally to
Awake the State from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on March 8 at Munn Park, near the flag pole,
in downtown Lakeland.
Speakers at the rally will include city council members, teachers, parents, union leaders, members of law enforcement and emergency services, advocates for the uninsured, the disabled, and the poor. Members of all communities affected by the legislature’s unconscionable push to balance the state’s budget by destroying people’s jobs and lives rather than closing corporate tax loopholes are invited to attend. For groups and organizations that plan to participate, please contact Karen Welzel at 863-318-1087.

Awake the State Rally!!
March 8, 2011, at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Munn Park, 100 S. Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL


Polk County Democrats

This message does not necessarily imply any endorsement by the Polk County DEC. �